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Interview with Timothy Dudley Smith

Voices United, Ben Brody, Center for Congregational Song


This episode is the first of two interviews with Bishop Timothy Dudley Smith. The second interview will be posted in season 2. Born 26 December 1926 in Manchester, England, he served as Archdeacon of Norwich from 1973-81 and Bishop of Thetford from 1981-91. As a hymn writer he has published almost 400 hymn texts, many of which appear in published hymnals throughout the English-speaking world and in translation. He is an honorary vice-president of the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland, a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music. In 2003 he was awarded an OBE ‘for services to hymnody’, and in 2009 an honorary Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of Durham.


Season 1 – Episode 2

An interview with hymn writer Timothy Dudley Smith.


Listening time: 33 minutes, 03 seconds


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I remember when I was 9 or 10, I was attached to a hymn called ‘O Happy Band of Pilgrim,’….which is no longer one of my favorites, actually…


I sometimes think that God answered that prayer in an unexpected way…as God often does.


We are given strong warnings [in the bible] that if there are talents they are not to be buried in the ground.


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